Disability Innovation Institute

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The UNSW Disability Innovation Institute is a world-first initiative, harnessing interdisciplinary research with people with disability to seek innovative solutions. 

Launched in 2017, the Institute's vision is to improve and transform the lives of people with a disability. Working closely with people with disabilities and industry experts, the Institute provides a platform to combine disability studies with STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) and HASS (humanities and social sciences) research to design accessible and inclusive working, living and learning environments, generate innovative technologies and create inclusive law, policy, services, markets and communities. 

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One of the five initiatives outlined by the Strategy 2025 is to implement UNSW’s Disability Action Plan (DIAP). This plan aims to make the learning, working and teaching experience welcome and inclusive for people of all abilities.

In 2022, two types of Disability Confident Training, run by the Australian Network on Disability, will be offered at the UNSW Sydney campus. The training will challenge participants, disrupt thoughts, and has the potential to facilitate change in practice and processes across the organisation.

Work enables people with disability to achieve financial independence, improve their social skills, develop friendships and improve their mental health. This course provides improved knowledge on the many types of disability and best practices to foster inclusion of disability in the workplace.